The collection contains two of Salting’s notebooks, printed catalogues of his paintings, some annotated, and other lists relating to his bequest.
George Salting Papers
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
George Salting was born in Australia on 15 August 1835, the elder son of Severin Kanute Salting (1805-1865), a wealthy businessman and landowner, and Louisa Augusta, née Fiellerup. Following an education at Eton College, 1848-53, and the University of Sydney, from where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1857, Salting settled in London. In 1858-59 he toured the continent, visiting galleries, churches and architectural monuments. After the death of his father on 14 September 1865, he inherited a fortune estimated at £30,000 per annum and devoted himself thereafter to the study and collecting of works of art. He died on 12 December 1909 and is buried in Brompton Cemetery.
Salting bequeathed works to the National Gallery, British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum. The Trustees of the National Gallery received those works which were already on loan and were also allowed to select those from Salting’s Collection which they would like to receive. In total this amounted to 192 works. The pictures were hung in the Gallery in 1911. There were no special conditions attached to the bequest. Salting bequeathed his prints and drawings to the British Museum and a substantial number of objects to the Victoria and Albert Museum. The bequest to the V&A was conditional that the objects would not be distributed over various sections but all kept together. Including three works presented during his lifetime, there are currently 164 works in the National Gallery Collection which have been donated by Salting. In addition, thirty-one of the works bequeathed by Salting are now held by the Tate Gallery.
Other Finding Aids
The most recent and complete list is held on CALM ALM.
Catalogued by Nicholas Smith, May 2019, and based on research undertaken by Angelina Bacon in 1995.
Conditions Governing Use
It is the responsibility of the reader to determine the exact copyright status of a work.
All material has been retained.
According to a Board minute of 8 March 1910 ‘the thanks of the Board be given to Mr Flower for his gift of Mr Salting’s M.S. notes of his Collection’ [NG1/8; see also NG6/27, 31 March 1910]; this minute presumably refers to the two notebooks. The collection was originally deposited in the National Gallery Library and given the number A1. 6. 31, but was subsequently transferred to the Archive. With the exception of the notebooks, the dates of the original deposit and subsequent transfer are not known.
No accruals are expected.